2009-2010 SPE Distinguished Lecturers' Slides/Graphics

Openhole Gravel Packing: New Trends and What We Are Doing to Overcome the Challenges

This presentation will review current procedures and provides important new developments from shallow to ultradeepwater scenarios and regarding infill drilling projects for mature fields. A comparison of technologies will be provided based upon impact upon well productivity or injectivity.

Agostinho Calderon is a senior adviser in the completion, sand control, and stimulation, engineering team for Petrobras E&P Services in Brazil. He earned a B.S. degree in civil engineering from State University of Rio de Janeiro and a Post Graduation Course in petroleum engineering from Petrobras University.


Improved Oil and Gas Recovery by Polymer Technology: EOR, Water Shutoff, and Sand Control

This presentation will give an illustration of new improvements with two examples, a successful polymer flood project implemented in a heavy oil reservoir, and a successful water shutoff/sand consolidation treatment by microgels in an underground gas storage well.

Alain Zaitoun is vice president of Poweltec. He earned a PhD degree in chemical engineering from University of Nancy, France. 


Well Construction Hydraulics in Challenging Environments

This presentation focuses on the application of latest design, chemicals, software, and equipment technology for drilling and completing in challenging scenarios.

Andre Leibsohn Martins is a senior consultant in the well technology sector at the Petrobras R&D Center. He earned BS and DSc degrees in chemical engineering from the federal University of Rio de Janeiro and an MSc degree in petroleum engineering from Campinas State University.


Preserving and Extending the Energy Advantage

This lecture explores the vital role that oil and gas have played and will continue to play in providing energy to the world’s burgeoning masses. This lecture will examine the urgency and challenge of extending petroleum-derived energy to more people, further into the future, with minimal environmental impact.

Ben Ebenhack is a senior lecturer in the chemical engineering department at the University of Rochester, board chair of the Access to Energy for African Development (AHEAD) Energy Corporation, and principal investigator for the sustainability and global energy systems (SAGES) project. He earned an M.S. degree in 1984 from the University of Wyoming.


Environmental Performance in the Oil and Gas Exploration & Production Industry: Assessment and Challenges

Companies need to collect and report on their environmental performances for various reasons. Efforts made at either national level, regional, or international level have been efficient but the quality of the data still needs to be improved and additional data are to be collected to meet stakeholders expectations and the need of the industry.

Emmanuel Garland is a special adviser to the health, safety, and environment vice president, at Total E&P. He earned an engineering degree from the École Centrale de Paris and a petroleum engineering degree from the École Nationale des Pétroles et des Moteurs, Paris.


How to Strengthen and Stabilize the Wellbore during Drilling Operations  

Loss of drilling fluid to the formation is one of the costliest problems that drillers face during well construction. Current technology enables a comprehensive approach that includes this remediative method but gives greater emphasis to preventing lost circulation.

Fred Growcock is senior technical adviser for M-I SWACO in Houston. He earned PhD and MS degrees in physical chemistry from New Mexico State University, and BA and BS degrees in chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin. 


Completion of Hydrocarbon Bearing Shale Reservoirs

This presentation will focus on key stimulation issues associated with gas shale reservoirs and how to determine the appropriate completion methodology.

George Waters is an engineering adviser for Schlumberger Data & Consulting Services in Oklahoma City. He earned a BS degree in petroleum engineering from West Virginia University, an MS degree in environmental engineering from Oklahoma State University, and an MS degree in petroleum engineering from Institut Francais du Petrole.


Recent Advances in Horizontal Well Water Shut-Off and Production Improvement

This presentation will disseminate the mechanisms of water production and their effect on production decline in horizontal wells. Key problems and challenges in developing viable water shut-off (WSO) solutions for the various horizontal well completions will also be discussed. 

Keng Seng Chan is a Principal Reservoir Engineer for the Petroleum Management Unit at Petronas in Malaysia.  He earned BS and MS degrees in physics from the University of Rangoon, and MS and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Florida.


Formation Damage—Any Time, Any Place, Any Where…..

This presentation will attempt to demystify many of the legends of formation damage and their evaluation. New examples will be presented of the process of understanding and avoiding damage.

Michael Byrne is principal formation damage consultant for Senergy. He earned a BSc degree in Geology and Mathematics from University College Dublin.


Calibrating Permeability with Production Logs: A Breakthrough in Carbonate Reservoir Characterization

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A step change improvement can be made to the predictive accuracy of a carbonate reservoir flow simulator by using production-logging tools (PLTs) calibrated permeability to construct the geologic model. The improvement is most dramatic in carbonate reservoirs exhibiting problematic excess permeability due to fractures and vuggy porosity.  

Michael J. Sullivan is reservoir surveillance coordinator for the Tengiz field in Kazakhstan. He earned an honors degree in Petroleum Engineering from Montana Tech.  


Multiple Pay Tight Gas Sands Can the Lessons Learned in the Rockies Help You?

This presentation will discuss the factors that affect the economic optimization of a well completion for the factory approach and how they are currently being addressed, with focus on the Rocky Mountain region of North America.

Mike Eberhard is technical manager for Halliburton’s Rocky Mountain area. He earned a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Montana State University.


Lunskoye Big Bore Gas Wells—Maximizing Gas, Minimizing Sand

This presentation will look at how the sand face completion design has impacted the Sakhalin Phase II project. Developments with Shell’s fully integrated sand failure prediction tool enabled the sand volumes to be quantified and used for the first time during completion selection in Shell. The results predicted that unmanageable sand volumes would occur upon start-up, for open hole completions with pre-drilled liners (PDL).

Mike Gunningham is the Lunskoye lead production technologist of Sakhalin Energy. He earned a 1st class degree in chemical engineering from Bradford University and an MSc degree in petroleum engineering from Imperial College.


Examining Our Assumptions—Have Oversimplifications Jeopardized Our Ability To Design Optimal Fracture Treatments?

The primary message of this presentation is that unrecognized opportunities exist to improve well profitability. Challenging our misconceptions and examining actual field production has yielded techniques to improve fracture designs, despite the failure of our simplistic models to recognize those opportunities.

Michael C. Vincent is a Consulting Engineer for Insight Consulting. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Refining from Colorado School of Mines. 


Ways of Successfully Reduce the Well Blowouts

This presentation will show important aspects related to well control safety that have been conducted in Brazil by Petrobras that result in an almost 10-year period without a blowout event in drilling operations. This presentation will focus on research and development projects that have been conducted in Brazil on well safety especially in deepwater environment.

Otto Luiz Alcantara Santos is coordinator of the well construction area of Petrobras University, the coordinator of well control training and certification program of Petrobras, instructor of drilling technologies at Petrobras University and senior technical adviser of Petrobras. He earned a MS degree from Colorado School of Mines and a PhD degree from Louisiana State University, both in petroleum engineering.  


Fracturing for Sand Control: How Hydraulic Fracturing has Changed Sand Control

Hydraulic fracturing is used in most of the major cased hole sand control techniques today.  With more than 15 years of use in the industry it is time to assess its impact and its future. 

Raymond Tibbles is a sand control adviser for Schlumberger Oilfield Services based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He earned a BSc degree in chemical engineering from Michigan Technological University.


Listening to the Reservoir—Interpreting Data from Permanent Downhole Gauges

Interpretation of permanent downhole gauge data is a new problem. Permanent downhole gauges are being applied widely now, yet there is still much to be done to capitalize fully on all the advantages they can offer.

Roland N. Horne is Thomas Davies Barrow Professor of Earth Sciences and Professor of Energy Resources Engineering, at Stanford University. He earned a PhD degree in Engineering Science and a DSc degree in Engineering, both from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.


Why Coiled Tubing Fails and How to Avoid Failures in Your Well

The development of reliable inspection technology provides another key to coiled tubing (CT) reliability. Magnetic flux leakage is the most common technique for finding flaws in CT. However, research is underway to adapt 3D laser imaging NDE. Output from such techniques is directly compatible with software that can quantify defect severity in real time.

Steven M. Tipton is the Frank W. Murphy Distinguished Professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Tulsa. He earned PhD and MS degrees from Stanford University and a BS degree from Oklahoma State University, all in mechanical engineering.


Effects of Complex Reservoir Geometries and Completion Practices on Production Analysis in Tight Gas Reservoirs   

This lecture will demonstrate the effects of stress dependent permeability, radial composit reservoirs, and multi-layered reservoirs on the results obtained from production analysis. The completion issues addressed will include hydraulic fracture cleanup, fracture conductivity reduction and liquid loading.

Stuart Cox is a senior technical consultant with Marathon Oil’s Technology Services organization in Houston. He earned a BS degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa.


The Role of Oil and Gas in the Energy Mix of the Next 100 Years: Shifts in Demand, Supply, and Utilization of Energy

The global production curve for oil and gas will most likely resemble a long plateau with a serrated surface, tilted towards the year 2100. Oil and natural gas--so dominant in 2004 with 63%--should still be important in absolute terms in 2100, but with a much smaller relative share (about 15%) of the total energy mix.     

Wolfgang E. Schollnberger is an international energy adviser and former technology vice president of BP. He earned a PhD degree in geology from the University of Vienna.

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